Richard E. Folks

A Celebration of Life for Richard E. Folks, 91, Eudora will be held 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary –Eudora Chapel. Inurnment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery at a later date. He died May 24, 2015 at Medicalodges Eudora.

Richard was born on September 26, 1923 in Lawrence, KS the son of Guy Mason and Eunice Edna (Manter) Folks.

He married Elsie M. Mullin on November 10, 1943. They divorced in 1968. He married Opal Hanna in 1970 and they later divorced.

Richard was a Douglas County farmer and pipe fitter. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge and Pipe Fitters Union. Richard was a fan of Jayhawk sports and the Kansas City Royals.

Survivors include two daughters, Janet Gabriel and husband, Mark, Eudora, Mary Jane Church and husband, Orville, Lawrence; son, Larry Folks, Eudora; sister, Marjorie Black, Lawrence; step daughter, Lois Weldon, Lawrence; 15 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Kenneth on May 17, 1984 and Richard Folks, Jr. on January 15, 2010; two brothers, Herbert Mason Folks, John Paul Folks; two sisters, Eunice Virginia Ayers, Katherine “Katie” Holloway; one granddaughter and one great granddaughter.

The family will greet friends from 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015 one hour prior to the service at Warren-McElwain Mortuary –Eudora Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Eudora United Methodist Church, Grace Hospice or Eudora Medicalodges-Activites Fund and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

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9 Condolences

  1. Mike Boring on May 26, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Janet and Mary Jane–

    Thinking of you at this time. A hug to you and the whole family.

  2. Connie Robertson on May 26, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Larry, Janet, and Mary Jane, very sorry to hear about your dad. Let your memories carry you through this difficult time. You’re in my prayers.

  3. LaVon & Judy Ost on May 27, 2015 at 9:37 am

    During this time of loss in your life we pray that God will grant you the serenity and peace to get through. Stay strong and know that you are remembered in our prayers. Our condolences to the family. LaVon & Judy Ost

  4. Kathy on May 27, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    God Bless your family! Hugs to you Mary, Janet and Larry! Love, Kathy Houchin

  5. Carol Richardson on May 28, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Mary Jane and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about your father
    My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  6. Lois Mersmann on May 28, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Janet and family,

    So sorry for your loss. Keep the favorite memories of your dad/grandfather close in mind.

    May God grant you peace.

  7. Wanda Miller on May 29, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Folks family…I want first of all to send you my condolences. This man…my “pops” was an important part of my life and also my kids and grandkids lives. He and my mother had 15 plus good years until both of their health started to decline. My mother still loves all of your family. So…with that being said…I want to thank you all for sharing him with us! I will truly miss him and his hugs!

  8. scott grandon on May 29, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Very sorry to hear of brother Richard’s passing, keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. Staci Simpson on May 29, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    We will miss our Papa Richard. He was a part of our life for a long time. Praying that you guys find strength and remember the good memories you had. Sorry for your loss. Papa Richard was one of a kind.

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